One of the simplest ways to improve your home’s energy performance is to make some adjustments to your thermostat. If your system cannot establish a comfortable environment without you setting the thermostat unusually high or low (depending on the season), it may be a sign your heating or cooling system is not performing properly.
Another way to save is to adjust the thermostat to different temperatures at different times of the day. During the day when everyone is out of the house, there’s no need to keep the AC on full blast. Likewise, you can handle slightly different temperatures when you’re asleep than when you’re awake, so adjusting the thermostat at bedtime is a good way to improve efficiency. That’s why smart thermostats are very popular.
Take all the work out of energy saving by investing in a smart thermostat. Such programmable thermostats allow you to set different temperatures for different times of the day, with separate weekday and weekend settings to account for your changing schedule. Time it right, and you’ll be able to come home to a comfortable house at the end of each workday while saving money while you’re out of the house.
You may also choose to use a remote control thermostat so you can change the temperature ahead of going home for example. Some models of remote control thermostats make it possible to make those adjustments while you’re out of the house from a mobile device, a handy feature if you go away on vacation and only remember to turn the AC off when you’re on the road.
No matter which type of thermostat you are planning on using, Hurley & David can help you throughout your journey. We can not only give you more information on what your best options are, we can also provide thermostat installation and replacement services so you can simply sit back and relax!
Give us a call at 413-200-4203 to learn more about your options.
Updates to the Regional HVAC Equipment Efficiency and Testing Standards
Effective January 1, 2023, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will update its efficiency and testing standards for residential and commercial HVAC equipment. All regulatory changes will differ by product type and region. Since the updated standards will result in price increases across all HVAC contractors, now is the time to buy the equipment you need for your home or business.
The minimum efficiency standards for residential and commercial air conditioners and heat pumps manufactured after January 1, 2023, will increase. This change will increase production efficiency and national energy savings while decreasing national energy consumption.
Northern U.S. & Canada
All split-system air conditioners, split-system heat pumps, and packaged units manufactured after January 1, 2023, must meet the updated standards. However, split-system air conditioners, split-system heat pumps, and packaged units manufactured before January 1, 2023, can be installed indefinitely. The efficiency rating for air conditioners will increase from 13 SEER to 15 SEER in these regions.
Split-system air conditioners manufactured before January 1, 2023, can’t be installed once the updated standards take effect. All installations of products that don’t meet the new standards must be completed by December 31, 2022. However, split-system heat pumps, single-packaged air conditioners, and single-packaged heat pumps manufactured after January 1, 2023, can be installed indefinitely. The efficiency rating for air conditioners will increase from 14 SEER to 15 SEER in both the Southwest and Southeast regions.
In addition to higher minimum efficiency standards, the M1 testing procedures used for residential and 3 to 5-ton light commercial, single-phase equipment manufactured on or after January 1, 2023, will increase. This change will produce more accurate SEER, EER, and HSPF efficiency ratings. Manufacturers will be required to re-test equipment using the new M1 Standard requirements as well as publish equipment efficiency ratings using the new efficiency metrics of SEER2, EER2, and HSPF2.